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UPDATE: Pickup truck on fire on Interstate 5

Posted: July 31, 2012 4:21 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 4:21 p.m.

Capt. David Yonan of Fire Station 124, right, speaks with people behind the remains of a pickup truck consumed by a fire on the Valencia Boulevard off-ramp from northbound Interstate 5 on Tuesday.

Although a pickup truck on fire on northbound Interstate 5 at the Valencia Boulevard offramp was initially reported to have chemicals in the truck bed, the fire was contained without any chemical contamination Monday afternoon, according to Los Angeles County Fire and California Highway Patrol officials.

The incident was reported as a possible hazardous materials situation, but no hazardous material response was needed, according to Newhall station CHP Sgt. Pack.

Only the truck caught fire, according to fire officials.

“There was no grass fire but the car was fully involved,” a fire official said. “It was contained around 3:22.”

A sig alert issued by the CHP was cancelled at 4:10 p.m. and all lanes were open, according to information from the CHP.

The fire was first reported at 3:14 p.m., according to a Los Angeles County fire official. He said CHP officers initially reported that there were unknown chemicals in the back of the pickup truck, but firefighters still needed to confirm the reports around 3:25 p.m.

“There are reports of some unknown chemicals in the bed of the truck,” the official said. “They haven’t dispatched (Health Hazardous Materials Division) yet.”


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